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Terrorist crimes in Afghanistan aim to sow discord, spread Islamophobia: World Assembly of Islamic Awakening

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A wounded Afghan man receives treatment at a hospital after he got injured in a bomb blast at a Shia mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif on April 21, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

The World Assembly of Islamic Awakening has strongly condemned the recent cowardly crimes against Muslims in Afghanistan, warning that such terrorist acts aim to stoke tensions among ethnic and religious Afghan groups and spread Islamophobia.

"Certainly, such actions are planned to create tension and wage ethnic and religious wars, launch massacre and killings of Muslims, and as a result, portray an unrealistic image [of Islam] and [spread] Islamophobia," the assembly said in a statement on Saturday.

It added that Afghanistan’s acting Taliban government is responsible for providing security for all Muslims practicing religious duties and should be held accountable in this regard.

The recent terrorist attacks on mosques in Afghanistan are a desecration of the holy month of Ramadan and the continuation of the killing of innocent people, which all have been carried out by the US-backed criminals and terrorists with the purpose of creating a crisis in the region, the body said.

"The recent terrorist act in Mazar-e-Sharif in fact completes ... a conspiracy and plan that seek to create division among the Muslim Ummah… and shows that such crimes know no boundaries," the statement read.

It emphasized that the Muslim people of Afghanistan would soon give a proper response to such crimes, calling on all governments, nations, groups and parties in the Muslim world and the freedom-seekers of the world to maintain unity, coherence and solidarity in the face of the enemies' plots.

Since the Taliban’s takeover of the country, several attacks have been reported each week throughout the country, including some claimed by Daesh.

The Taliban, who had previously ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, took power again on August 15 as the US was in the middle of a chaotic troop withdrawal. The group announced the formation of a caretaker government on September 7.

No country has yet recognized their rule. Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were the only three countries to recognize the previous Taliban government.

In the latest in a series of deadly attacks in the war-ravaged country, at least 33 Afghan people, including children, were killed and 43 others wounded after an explosion tore through a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz on Friday.

It came only a day after a bombing at a mosque in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif on Thursday killed at least 31 worshipers and injured more than 80, in the second major attack on the Shia Hazara community in Afghanistan in a week. At least five people were killed and several dozen others injured in an earlier large explosion that hit a Shia mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif on the same day.

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